Kos (DailyKos) Must Disavow Letter Opposing ALL Gays in Military
Petition To: Markos C. Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA (Board Member, Netroots Nation).
Started by:Atty. Francis L. Holland, Truth About Kos Blog.
On January January 25, 1993, as President Bill Clinton was preparing to allow gays to serve in the military without discrimination, Markos C. Alberto Moulitsas Zúñiga (Kos of DailyKos) wrote a letter to a newspaper opposing ALL gay service in the military. Moulitsas said he was an ex-military person himself who understood that working and living alongside gays was "inherently uncomfortable."
It's time for Markos Moulitsas Zúñiga (Kos) to publicly disavow the letter he wrote and published, which reads as follows:
It's truly disturbing how much ado has been made over Bill Clinton´s campaign promise to lift the ban on homosexuals from the U.S. military. It's ironic how it has taken a president who has never served in the military to make a promise that affects the military in such a negative manner.
Those who have served in the military, such as myself, understand the demands and pressures of military life are incompatible with allowing integration with homosexuals.
I´m neither socially conservative or prejudiced, and neither is liberal columnist Mike Royko, Gen. Colin Powell, and influential liberal Democrats Sam Nunn and Les Aspin, all who´ve come out against lifting the ban. Under military circumstances, as much has to be done as possible to focus the unit's mission and keep disciplinary problems to a minimum.
Worrying about whether the known homosexual sleeping next to you is watching as you change your underwear may seem trivial as you read this, but to the soldier who's short-tempered after three weeks in the field and four hours of daily sleep, it becomes a matter of great importance to his pride and sensibilities.
And in any case, there aren't many people who would change clothes in a group of co-workers if members of the opposite sex were in the same room watching. There is something inherently uncomfortable about it. Such fears would go a long way in disrupting efficiency and morale in a unit.
As a result of opposition from ex-military people like Markos Moulitsas, the US Congress legislated the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" regime, thereby preventing any president, including President Obama, from opening the military to gays by executive order.